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Address: 19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 95724
Phone Number: 530-426-3635

Opened in 1937, this popular ski area offers 400 dynamic acres with the...

Opened in 1937, this popular ski area offers 400 dynamic acres with the longest run measuring 1.20 miles in length.

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Nice little ski resort

Came here on December 30, after waiting an hour in line at boreal, and then getting turned away!!! While boreal was mobbed, Donner ski ranch was not too crowded. It's not a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2016
Oakland, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here after hiking for 6 days and I was looking forward to a cheeseburger and a beer. The bartender was surly and very unfriendly. Food was OK but when I asked for the check he tried to charge me for 4 beers. When I first got there other employees said remember the first one is free. Not sure what... More 

Thank Jim W
Oakland, California
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69 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Came here on December 30, after waiting an hour in line at boreal, and then getting turned away!!! While boreal was mobbed, Donner ski ranch was not too crowded. It's not a large place but has a reasonable variety of nice trails. The lift lines were never very long. The lift ticket prices were more much reasonable than other nearby... More 

Thank cml94618
Foster City, California
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

First time visiting Donner Ski Ranch with family and had a wonderful time. Reached there at around 11:30am and we were lucky that the lines were not long at all. We were able to schedule a 12:30pm lesson for my children as well with plenty of time for equipment rental and sizing before the start of the lesson! There were... More 

1 Thank IWillAdvise
Grass Valley, California
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64 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Donner Ski Ranch is where I learned to ski 33 years ago. It has obviously changed there, but the Ranch has always had a great local feeling and the terrain is great as long as the snow is there. It is south facing so it doesn't hold snow as long as some other resorts. In recent years they have added... More 

1 Thank Seth K
San Leandro, California
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Donner Ski ranch is close to Bay Area, the ticket is cheap and it is really good for beginners. It is not very far from I80. I did not need to use chain this time. We had fun and we will come back.

1 Thank Henry V
Livermore, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I started to learn to ski this season in Dec 2012, had a group lessons at Bear Valley, Heavenly, and Dodge Ridge each before I took a private lesson at Donner Ski Ranch, and also have skied at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley. My private lesson on March 1st at Donner Ski Ranch was the worst learning experience comparing to the... More 

2 Thank J Y
Sebastopol, California
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Just back from 3 great days skiing at Donner Ski Ranch which I highly recommend. After January 1st, Tuesday - THursday skiing is only $30 for an adult all day lift pass. And for on $12 more you can get a ski lesson. Normal price is only $49. Almost 1/2 of all other Tahoe ski resorts. No crowds, closest to... More 

1 Thank adventureguy2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We went there during the winter break. While other places are crowded and raised their price, this place is still surprisingly not over crowded. The price for kid's class, lift and rental is unbeatable. Tha magic carpet area is perfect for beginners. We love this place! We can't wait to go back again!

1 Thank Julianne P
San Jose, California, Usa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

My daughter and I started skiing two years ago. We needed lessons (group, private) and lots of exercise days. Instead of going to the big and famous ski resorts we started going to Donner Ski Ranch. The advantages I found were: a. Easy to get there (I-80) b. Small site, perfect for beginners - lots of short green runs c.... More 

1 Thank Raanan K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My first time here: We brought my 8 year old niece to learn how to snowboard. This little place is very inexpensive and therefore a great spot for kids to learn. There is a moving carpet, which makes it super easy to learn without getting on and off a lift right away. For those standing by with a video camera... More 

4 Thank Nor-Cal_Chic

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